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Wrong Left Turn

Wednesday night, after the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, there were protests in at least two cities — Portland OR and Seattle WA — that turned violent. In Portland, protesters smashed doors and broke windows of the Democratic Party headquarters, set a small dumpster on fire, and sprayed graffiti on outside walls (including “Fuck Biden”). At least 8 people were arrested.

Even more annoying, marching protesters carried large banners and signs saying “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge! For police murders, imperialist wars and fascist massacres”, and “We are ungovernable”.

In Seattle there was also some vandalism, and crowds chanted “Antifa!” and “No cops, no prisons, total abolition!”

I have to say, this was really such a stupid thing to do, I wondered (mistakenly) if it was a false flag operation by the right. After all, the sacking of the US Capitol on Jan 6 totally backfired on the participants. Not only did they not get what they wanted, it turned most of the nation against them. And gave Republicans who supported the “stop the steal” lies an opportunity to claim “both sides do it”.

Justice is a worthy goal. Revenge never is. Actions like these two protests make it less likely that justice will be served.

The removal of his orangeness should be a cause for a joyful celebration. And there were plenty of happy, peaceful demonstrations going on in Portland and Seattle (and many other places) that day. We need more of that, not violence and destruction. If you want to change people’s minds, follow the examples of Gandhi and MLK Jr.

Let me be clear, I am unequivocally denouncing this violence, and would do that even if I agreed with any goals of the people doing it. But this Wednesday’s violence and destruction was absolutely stupid violence and destruction.

I would not say that violence is never ever justified, and people who do say that are often being hypocritical. After all, our country celebrates the Boston Tea Party, which was definitely violent and led to destruction of property (and the start of the American revolution). And I personally believe that war against the Nazis was justified.

Bottom line — the people who participated in the violence in Portland and Seattle should be appropriately punished for their actions. And Democrats and other liberals should condemn them.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    ahimsa= you don’t kill. if attacked, you kill. mosquito lands on your arm, you kill.

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  2. Wildwood wrote:

    I condemn violence period. But for some groups that are peacefully protesting and then it becomes violent, I think we need to find out what parties caused the violence and what their agenda was. I think many times these protests are infiltrated and then the blame is incorrectly attributed to the wrong parties.

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:44 pm | Permalink
  3. dave TN wrote:

    Doing a close up of that photo the crowd seems awfully pasty white under their disguses. I have not been paying close attention to Antigua in Seattle but is it 100 percent white?

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:41 pm | Permalink
  4. Dan wrote:

    I agree with Dave, I enlarged the photo and I didn’t even see a tan. Some were had black “ski” caps, but that was it.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:24 am | Permalink
  5. Mark Faust wrote:

    Assuming for the moment that this really was Antifa, and not, as you suggest, some false flag BS, then it is their hallmark: self absorbed, self-righteous, clueless theatrical dumbfuckery (censor that if you like) is the name of some unattainable version of perfectionism. Reminds me of the new left of the 1960s and early 1970s. Just as theatrical and clueless about what most people want or their chances of getting what they want.

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5:01 pm | Permalink